During the last 20 years, porcelain laminate veneers have grown rapidly as a popular treatment option. Their use by our Yonkers cosmetic dentist has expanded from simple tooth coverings for front teeth, to full laminates covering all of your tooth structure. One way to produce these ceramic restorations is to use conventional porcelains for thin veneers. High-strength porcelains that allow more functional contact and increased resistance to fracture, can be made in the same manner.
All veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to your teeth. Traditionally, veneers are as thin as a contact lens and cover the front of your teeth, and the biting edge. This design works very well for lengthening worn teeth or covering discolored teeth. With 180 degree veneers, the spaces between teeth can be closed. A 360 degree veneer, or laminate, can replace an old crown and make it look quite lifelike. As a matter of fact, a porcelain veneer can be a very conservative porcelain crown. Thin laminated porcelain, used by our Yonkers cosmetic dentist, offers full coverage with 360° veneers.
Normally, our Yonkers cosmetic dentist must reshape your teeth to some degree, so that the porcelain veneers are not bulky and over-contoured. In order to allow space for the porcelain, part of your outer enamel will be removed. This is how Joseph Viana, DDS straightens teeth. He permanently bonds the porcelain veneer to your underlying tooth and, once bonded onto the tooth, they are super strong and very long-lasting. Porcelain veneers never discolor and are more stain resistant than natural enamel. There are those cases where a new surface is desired on both facial and lingual areas of your teeth. Conventional porcelain crowns may be used to accomplish this, however aggressive tooth reduction is necessary and many patients want to save as much of their natural, healthy tooth as possible. Dr. Viana uses 360 degree laminates in these cases, in order to provide a similar result with much less tooth reduction. Our dedicated staff listens to your needs and works with you to achieve your goals.